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You can read the complete article:
http://www.housepetmagazine.com/June/Dog_bark.htm

Here are some tips that may help if your dog reacts fearfully or is
distressed by fireworks (or even thunderstorms): Please go to the
link above to get more info:

Turn on the air conditioner and TV or radio to help create a room
filled with familiar sounds. Often this can distract your dog or even
help muffle the fireworks outside.

Provide extra exercise so your dog may have less energy to pay
attention to the fireworks or even sleep through the displays.

Play your dog's favorite games with favorite toys. Do not soothingly
reassure your dog when he or she acts fearful with words like "It's
ok, don't worry." If you coddle her when she is frightened, it can
reinforce the fearful behavior. And if you act stressed, your dog
will feel it. Be a good actor or actress. Keep a happy attitude
around your dog and maintain her daily routines.

Leave the area. If things get really rough, put your dog in the car
and go for a ride. I know families who plan a one or two day vacation
around July 4th so they are away from fireworks.

Consult with your veterinarian. There are pharmacological aids that
can be prescribed to help your dog get through the roughest time
where fireworks are of greatest intensity.

Try holistic aids. There are herbal remedies as well as Bach Flower
remedies that can help many dogs. Aromatherapy has also proved
effective. In addition, massage for both you and your dog is a
wonderful stress reliever.

You can read the complete article and get more info at:
http://www.housepetmagazine.com/June/Dog_bark.htm
 

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Somebody on another board that I go on plays the origional Star Wars movie over and over when they are gone watching fireworks and he swears by it. I guess the dogs get accustomed to the crashing noises and explosions. Kinda silly but might just work. My two get pretty worked up but luckily fireworks are illegal in my city. There are always a couple of people that get a hold of some though and drive all the dogs insane. Good luck to everyone and make sure your dogs are safe!
 

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thank god neither one of my dogs seemed to be bothered by it, it anything they are curious as to what that loud sparkly thing is that dad is playing with, 9 times out of 10 they want to investigate and I normally end up holding them on a leash to keep them away from the fireworks.... :roll:
 

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Last year mine were pretty freaked out by all the pica;o peets but they were about 6mos. old at the time. They may have just been going through a little fear phase. We'll see how it goes this time.
 

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Last year we made the mistake of bringing Chassis with us to a fireworks show. I will NEVER EVER do that again to any of my dogs. I have never seen a dog so terrified in all of my life. It was so sad! The poor girl thought her life was coming to an end. :(
 

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They just get so worked up and freaked out. It's really hard to see them go through that stress. We ended up putting mine in the car and driving around for a while with the radio on. I hate those loud bottle rockets and picolo peets! They're not even colorful or pretty. The guys love em though. :roll:
 
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